Today is a sad day. Round 22 means it’s almost the end of another Supercoach season.
Just another 2 weeks and we’re done for 2016, the time just flew right by didn’t it? But we can’t get too sentimental just yet, because I’m sure there are plenty of you out there who are fighting hard to achieve a great overall ranking or looking to take out your league for 2016. For those of us who aren’t in that position, we can look forward to trying again in Supercoach 2017, which is what we’re here to help with today!
Barron’s Bargain Bin
We’re back with the bargain bin again and we’re going to continue our look at some (hopefully) cheap players that may be coming our way in 2017. We spent last week in Sydney, looking at 3 youngsters from the GWS Giants who may be on our watch lists for 2017 if they find new clubs and this week.. we’re back in Sydney again!
This time we’re going to take a look at 3 players from the Sydney Swans, we’ve got a variety of guys this time around, one who is currently injured, one who can’t break back into the side and one who is still fighting for his AFL debut. These 3 aren’t locks by any stretch of the imagination at this stage, but they all have some very interesting Supercoach appeal for us to consider for 2017.
Newman was a more mature recruit for the Swans originally, being picked up in the 2014 rookie draft as a 21 year old after spending a few years at the Frankston Dolphins in the VFL where he won the Fothergill-Round medal (named after Des Fothergill and Barry Round, the only two players who have won both the JJ Liston Trophy and a Brownlow Medal), which is the award for the most “promising young talent” in the VFL, an award which has been won in recent years by the likes of Michael Barlow, Michael Hibberd, Ahmed Saad, Dean Towers, Kane Lambert and Adam Marcon, all of whom have played AFL football in their careers.
Newman is now in his 2nd year at the Swans, he did miss a bit of time in 2015 with knee and elbow injuries, but hasn’t had any injury issues to worry about in 2016. At the time of drafting he was seen as a potential replacement for Nick Malceski and they do play similar styles with both using their good footskills to rebound the ball across half back. Looking at this NEAFL stats this year, we can see that on display.
That role across half back can be quite lucrative for Supercoach purposes, especially if they kick more than they handball, as we’ve seen with the likes of Heath Shaw and Jasper Pittard. He’s still on the rookie list and lost out to Tom Papley in Round 1 for a senior elevation, with the Swans also upgrading Jordan Foote for a game later in the year as well. So basically that’s what we’ll be looking for at the start of the year. If he is upgraded to the senior list during the Draft this year and firms for Round 1 then I think he could have quite a bit of potential as a bench player for the backline. Otherwise he might become a mid year downgrade option if he misses a senior spot, but continues his strong form in the NEAFL.
Now we come to the injured player in Sam Reid. Normally he’s spent his fantasy football career being stuck in that mid-priced range where he’ll cost you $350K to pick and won’t average more than 65-70, which would make us not want to go near him. He has however, missed all but 3 NEAFL games this year due to on-going calf/hamstring issues, which means that he could be a decent D6 selection if he receives a fair injury discount next year. At this stage I wouldn’t even say he’s a lock to stay at Sydney, but anything can happen between now and the start of next season.
He’s usually been a Supercoach disappointment though, between 2011 and 2014 he averaged just 60 SCPoints, which isn’t anything to get too excited about, but in 2015 he played 21 games (an equal career high) and average 72 SCPoints for the year. This isn’t massive “boy-oh-boy, wowee” stuff by any stretch of the imagination, but you’re not likely to be picking keepers at the D6 spot, so if he only costs you $220K, then he has the potential to score OK as well as generate some cash for you.
As we said earlier, he only played 3 NEAFL games this year, where he didn’t set the world on fire, but he was coming off of injuries, so you’d expect it would take a few weeks to get back into the groove of things.
On the downside, w will have to wonder if Reid has lost his spot in the 22 to Aliir “Aliir” Aliir, though Reid is a true swingman who is capable of playing either end of the ground. Risky pick, but one that could have some upside to it. I wouldn’t have him super high on my list at the moment, but there’s still a lot of time to go between now and next season and we still don’t know what next years rookie crop is going to offer us.
Now we’re onto the guy who can’t break into the side in Brandon Jack, brother of Sydney midfielder Kieran Jack, cousin of professional wrestler Cactus Jack, uncle of Atlanta Hawks point guard Jarrett Jack…I don’t think my information is correct there… Anyway, BJ played a double handful of games in each of the last 3 years, playing 9 games in 2013, 8 in 2014 and 10 games in 2015. 2015 in particular looked like he was headed in the right direction, coming into the side in Round 16 and playing all the way through until he was dropped for the Swans loss in the semi-final against North Melbourne. So it’s probably natural that we’d expect that course to continue and we’d see him in the 22 plenty the next year, but that failed to happen with Jack not being selected for a single AFL game this year and he’s spent the entire season playing in the NEAFL.
Still, we couldn’t call it a wasted year if he’s continued to develop in the lower leagues, which it appears he has, looking at his stats for the Swans reserves he’s continued to play at a high level.
The fact that he’s made senior emergency a few times during the year is a good sign also, it usually means he’s right on the cusp of getting selected for the main side. His NEAFL stats have improved from where they were in 2015, going from averaging 21 disposals, 4 marks and 5 tackles in 2015 to 26 disposals, 5 marks and 5 tackles, with his Dream Team average going from 93 in 2015 to 104 in 2015. He’ll still probably be 50/50 for making the best 22 in Round 1, but if he has a strong pre-season then he could easily find himself in the main side for the start of the year, then he just needs a decent string of games to gain some cash and we’ll be happy with that.
AROUND THE GROUNDS…
Matthew Goodyear – Goodyear had 29 disposals, 3 marks, 7 tackles and kicked 2 behinds in Collingwood’s 84-68 win over Port Melbourne.
Shaun Edwards – He had 17 disposals, 3 marks and kicked a goal as Essendon defeated Williamstown 119-101.
Will Hams – He kicked 2.1 along with 18 disposals, 5 marks and 6 tackles.
Jack Trengove – Trengove had 29 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles and kicked 1.1 as the Casey Scorpions smashed Werribee 151-46.
Ben Kennedy – Kennedy had 24 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles and kicked 1.1
Mitchell Hibberd – Hibberd had 18 disposals, 7 marks, 3 tackles and 7 rebound 50’s for Werribee.
Sam Durdin – Durdin kicked 2 goals, as well as having 12 disposals, 4 marks and 4 tackles.
Ben Mackay – He kicked 2 goals along with 7 disposals, 2 marks and 5 tackles.
Jack Sinclair – Led the way for the Zebras with 29 disposals, 4 marks and 5 tackles and Sandringham lost to the Box Hill Hawks 69-91.
Bailey Rice – Rice had 25 disposals, 4 marks and 1 tackle.
Brodie Murdoch – Murdoch had 23 disposals, 8 marks and 2 tackles.
Alex Woodward – Woodward had 29 disposals, 6 marks, 2 tackles and kicked a goal for Box Hill.
Kade Stewart – Stewart kicked 2.2, along with 15 disposals and 4 marks.
Adam Marcon – Big game for Marcon with 31 disposals, 4 marks, 8 tackles and 2 goals as Richmond’s VFL side did what the main side couldn’t, defeating Geelong 82-45.
Liam McBean – Couldn’t take advantage of his chances in front of goal, kicking 1.4, along with 16 disposals and 5 marks.
Wylie Buzza – Split ruck duties with Mitch Clark and had 11 disposals, 3 marks, 6 tackles and 13 hitouts.
BYES: Northern Blues (Carlton), Footscray (Western Bulldogs)
Harrison Wigg – Led the way for the Crows with 27 disposals and 7 clearances in Adelaide’s 118-76 win over the Redlegs.
Johnathan Beech – Beech also had 27 disposals, as well as 6 marks and kicked 1.1
Tom Doedee – Doedee had 24 disposals and 7 marks against the Redlegs.
Wayne Milera – Milera had 17 disposals, 5 tackles, 4 clearances, 5 inside 50’s and kicked a goal for Adelaide.
Sam Colqhoun – Pretty good game for him with 30 disposals, 10 marks and 4 rebound 50’s in Port Adelaide’s 134-79 win over Glenelg.
Riley Bonner – Bonner had 21 disposals, 5 marks, 4 inside 50’s and 6 rebound 50’s against Glenelg. Is probably a good chance to play one or both of the remaining games for the Power this year.
Will Snelling – Had 17 disposals, though 14 were handballs, but also had 17 tackles and 6 clearances doing the dirty work in the middle for the Magpies.
Corey Adamson – Adamson had 21 disposals, 2 marks and kicked a goal as East Perth lost to Subiaco 48-68.
Tom Lamb – Inaccurate in front of goal with 4 behinds, as well as 16 disposals and 5 marks.
Malcolm Karnapy – He had 15 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles and 4 inside 50’s for East Perth.
BYES: Peel Thunder (Fremantle)
Jack Steele – Steele had a huge game, finishing with 43 disposals, 7 marks, 7 tackles, 11 clearances, 9 inside 50’s and 2 goals as the UWS Giants defeated Redland 174-24.
Jacob Hopper – Big game for Hopper too, he had 37 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles, 12 clearances and 2 goals.
Jeremy Finlayson – Finlayson had 30 disposals, 15 marks, 5 inside 50’s and kicked 1.2
Jake Barrett – Barrett had 23 disposals, 8 marks, and kicked 3.3
James Stewart – Stewart kicked 3.3 as well as having 19 disposals and 7 marks.
Nic Newman – Newman had 28 disposals, 6 marks, 5 tackles, 7 rebound 50’s and kicked 1.1 as Sydney lost to the NT Thunder 92-54.
Harry Marsh – Marsh had 25 disposals, 9 marks, 2 clearances and 3 inside and rebound 50’s.
Sam Murray – Murray had 19 disposals, 9 marks, 5 inside 50’s and kicked 1.1
Braydon Fiorini – Big game for Fiorini who led the game with 40 disposals, as well as 14 marks, 7 tackles, 7 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 6 rebound 50’s and also kicked 2.2 as the Suns defeated Southport 85-72.
Darcy MacPherson – He had 24 disposals, 6 marks, and also kicked 2.1 for the Suns.
David Swallow – Played his first game of the year after dealing with knee injuries and had 16 disposals, 8 marks, 3 tackles, 2 clearances and 3 inside 50’s.
And that’ll be all from us today. I hope you’re all kicking butt as this Supercoach season winds down and remember, if you have any questions or comments you can let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter @BarronVonCrow